MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 21: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeuon November 21, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has described Karim Benzema as one of the best players in the world.

According to the Italian, the French striker is vital to Real Madrid winning the league this season and France performing well at the European Championship next year.

Injury and off-field problems have kept Benzema out of action for some time this season.

Ancelotti said:

“For me, he’s a great number nine, a great all-rounder really.

“He can score, he plays a collective game and helps the team to play better. I can’t say much more, he’s one of the best strikers in the world, the ideal striker for Real Madrid.

“With players like [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Gareth] Bale, Karim is the perfect finisher. If France want to have any chance of winning Euro 2016, they’ll need Karim in their side.”